Once again, I did not have to try very hard to come up with a project for this week's Inspiration Monday. Susan handed it to me on a lovely Raverly thread. In asking her fellow knitters what vest pattern they like best, she started another spontaneous knit along! Seems as though everyone is feeling the vest vibe at the moment, and it's not surprising with so many great patterns appearing.
Therefore, without further ado, I bring you, The Great Vest Knit Along of 2009!! (With much thanks to Susan who started it all.)
Now, there has been some debate as to what constitutes a vest. For the purposes of this KAL we're going with the loosest interpretation. Any sweater knit without sleeves is a vest. (Although, if you just happen to want to knit a full sleeved item, we will not discriminate. We'll call it a vest with sleeves and you're in.)
Back to the sleeveless. You may have noticed a recent fashion trend towards the capped sleeved vest/sweater. For example, I made my Mondo Cardigan without the full sleeves.
(Now we pause while I take this opportunity to show off my Mondo Cable Cardigan. Can you tell that I'm just a little bit pleased with how it turned out? I used 3 skeins of Dream in Color Classy in the Gothic Rose colorway.)
As you can see, the capped sleeve style is neither a traditional sweater, nor vest. For purposes of our KAL, we'll count it in the vest category.
I know that usually we pick one pattern for our KALs, but honestly, there are so many good vest patterns out there, that I am going to leave as a general garment KAL and see what happens. I figure it will be a good way to see new patterns and how our knitters choose to interpret them. If you'd like to join, we're aiming to start next week. Let me know the pattern, yarn, adjustments you are making, etc... .
I'll be making Talia from Knitty.com and using a brand new yarn - Cascade's new Superwash 128, a bulky superwash merino. Sandy and Bridget are joining me. (Thanks to Sandy for suggesting the pattern!)
Sue and Diane already have the Scoop Neck Vest from Blue Sky Alpacas going.
Peggy is going with the Many Buttoned Vest from Folk Vests. She'll be using Jo Sharp Silkroad Tweed.
Luanne is considering Abrazo, also from Knitty.com.
Patti is looking at the Estes Vest from Interweave.
Donna is liking the Circle Vest from Silk Knits.
Emily will be making Dr. G's Memory Vest for a family friend.
Once you decided on your vest, let me know, and I'll add you to the list. We'll get pictures up when those needles start moving.